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Disaster Relief

IANA wishes to express support for our members, their families and communities impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, as well as wildfires in the west.

In the wake of these calamities, IANA is supporting the American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) which enables transportation, warehousing and distribution businesses to support disaster relief in ways that leverage their strengths. See the latest ALAN situation report here, including a request for input as they create a consolidated list of cargo needing shipment.

Note that ALAN, LIFT and MIT’s Humanitarian Response Lab continue to host a daily private sector supply chain coordination calls. To request access to this call, please email ops@alanaid.org. The group serves as a forum for business collaboration, information and resource sharing, and problem identification and resolution. They are currently scheduled for Monday / Wednesday / Friday.

As of 10/11, DHS and FEMA are holding daily private sector coordination calls at 3 PM Eastern. Dial-in number and participant passcode/pin: Dial-In #: 800-324-5531 pin: 798364. NBEOC Operations Dashboard: https://fema.connectsolutions.com/maria2017

Information Resources

FMCSA

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is assisting commercial motor vehicle operations providing hurricane-related assistance with emergency declarations and regulatory relief. See the relevant FMCSA emergency page as well as the webpages for Harvey and Irma.

Also, see the National Business Emergency Operations Center webpage for a summary of FMCSA permits and waivers related to the storms.

Resources for Employees

In most areas of Florida and Texas, United Way 211 acts as information referral services. In Florida, 2-1-1 across all affected areas is operational. If someone you know needs help, they can call 2-1-1, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There may be a wait, but calls will be answered. In case of emergency, dial 9-1-1. You can also text “Irma” to 898-211, or visit www.211.org to find your local provider and more information.

Additionally, anyone who has been affected by Hurricanes Harvey or Irma should register for FEMA assistance by calling 800-621-FEMA or visiting https://www.disasterassistance.gov.

Information for Businesses

The State of Florida and FEMA both have Business Emergency Operations Centers to support the private sector with information. Register for the Florida BEOC at http://flvbeoc.org and the National BEOC at https://www.fema.gov/nbeoc.

Another source of consolidated information is the NEMA/IAEM Unified Information Portal which does not require registration. A power outage map for both Florida and Texas can be found there.

How to Help

The voluntary organizations active in disaster have emphasized that cash donations to reputable non-profits are the best way to help disaster survivors. You can read guidance here from NVOAD (National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) as well as an explanation from ALAN on why cash donations make supply chain sense.

ALAN needs input from logistics companies as they get back to business and commerce is restored. Please complete and share their brief information data gathering form.

Current requests for donated logistics support are posted on their needs map. If you don’t see a current need that matches your capabilities, you may offer your assistance here: http://alanaid.org/how-to-help/offerinkind/.

In addition to ALAN, here are partial lists of charitable organizations, local and national, currently providing services on the ground.

Members Supporting Relief Efforts

  • Kansas City Southern will donate $50,000 to the American Red Cross to aid in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in south Texas through its charitable fund, and it will match employee gifts to the American Red Cross via the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation-KCS Fund.
  • Gulf Winds International's charitable arm, the More Than The Move Foundation, is sending donations directly to employee and owner-operators' families in need, with no overhead.
  • Union Pacific is donating $100,000 to the American Red Cross, $50,000 to Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner's Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, and will match contributions to its "Friend to Friend" employee support network through Sept. 30, dollar-for-dollar, up to $100,000.
  • Canadian Pacific is donating US$50,000 to the American Red Cross to help with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts and will match all employee contributions.
  • TOTE Maritime has been working closely with partners that include the Department of Homeland Security, American Red Cross, FEMA, the Puerto Rican government, the Government’s Elderly Support Team and customers to support their needs as they deliver goods to Puerto Rico.
  • The TOTE Maritime team in San Juan has been working to ensure that drivers and customers coming to the terminal are able to access their goods. In addition, TOTE is handling the logistical needs for government purchased containers and relief goods being shipped from various non-profit organizations in the U.S.
  • TOTE Maritime and Crowley Maritime said they will have offloaded by 10/14 more than 11,500 loads of FEMA and commercial cargo since Hurricane Maria struck the island. An additional 4500+ were projected for the following week.

Let us know what your company is doing to support the relief efforts. Send updates to alex.shtogren@intermodal.org.


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